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Raiders maintain 100% home record

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100% record: The Raiders maintained their home form

100% record: The Raiders maintained their home form

Raiders RL 38
Sheff Hallam Eagles 22

SHEFFIELD HALLAM EAGLES brought a strong side to Stebonheath Park with a full intention of preventing the Raiders of another home win.
The game was played at a frantic pace from start to finish, with both defences on top form and both teams playing with speed, width and a high level of skill.
The Sheffield Eagles managed to open the scoring when they found an edge after Raiders were penalised for an offside managing to score in the corner and converting the try on 9 minutes.
The Raiders retaliated with lovely chip from pivot Shane Lee who gathered his own kick and passed to supporting players Harry Boots and Luke Williams who went smashing through the defence with the mercurial second rower Morgan Jefferies scoring out wide, the conversion was missed.
On the 3rd attacking set power house captain Alan Pope wrestled his way over the line to score on the Sheffield left flank, conversion missed again making the scores Raiders 8 – 6 Sheffield.
However the gain savvy Eagles managed to find an edge and score a well worked try in the corner on 27 minutes, conversion missed. Both teams tried everything to score but their defences were a match and went in on half time with a score Raiders 8-12 Sheffield.
The second half saw Sheffield come out all guns blazing and it wasn’t long before they scored on the 43rd minute mark out wide and looked to be turning tide, however on the fifty three minute mark prop Ben Phillips smashed over the line and with a converted kick made the score more appealing to the Raiders, Luke Williams added the two points.
The Raiders spotted a weakness on the Sheffield left flank and power house centre Luke Williams smashed through 3 defenders to go 60 metres and score a fantastic individual try and converting his own kick out wide, the scores were now 20-16 in the favour of the Raiders.
Raiders now had their tails up playing with great confidence, experienced pivot Dan Maiden found a gap he had been looking for going 40 meters to score under the posts, Luke Williams adding the two points once again. After the try was scored an altercation occurred fists were thrown and resulted in a yellow card for Sheffield.
This invigorated Sheffield and with a penalty kicked in to touch Andrew
Rees leapt in the air and kept the ball in play, however the ref deemed the ball to have gone in to touch and from this Sheffield scored in the corner and also converted, this made the score Raiders 26-22 Sheffield.
After the kick off the Raiders had their pivot Shane Lee sent from the field for dissent and a minute later a Sheffield player had a red for his 3rd warning, also for dissent. Raiders made Sheffield pay for their sins by working the overlap and sending speedster Andrew Rees in at that the corner with Luke Williams sending the conversion over from out wide.
The final nail in the coffin for Sheffield came in the form of the Raiders hammer Harry Boots collecting an awkward ball and smashing through three defenders and popping the ball off to Andrew Rees who went the length of the field for the final try with Luke Williams converting again.
Raiders coach Jon Ellis was delighted with the win saying: “If people want to come and watch a great game they should get themselves down to Stebonheath and watch the skill, power, pace and passion that these Raiders boys play with, Sheffield came here from the North of England and gave their all but we showed players from west Wales can play rugby league, what a fantastic game that was.”

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School travel passes issued

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SCHOOLCHILDREN in Carmarthenshire who travel to school by bus should now have received their Travel Passes ready for September.

Over 5,000 Travel Passes have been posted out, but anyone who has not received their pass is urged to contact the council immediately on 01267 228 326.

Some families may have changed address during the last year and have forgotten to tell us, which means their travel passes could have been sent to the old address.

It is also possible that some parents have forgotten to apply for transport. If this is the case, unfortunately it is now too late to be added to the arrangements for the start of the new term. However, if you think your child is eligible for free transport but haven’t yet applied we would urge you to submit your applications online at www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/schooltransport  as soon as possible so that if eligible we can try to accommodate you as soon as we can.

Parents are also urged to ensure that the stopping details shown on the Travel Passes are correct, as bus and taxi drivers will only be able to pick up and drop off pupils at the locations shown on their Travel Passes, and the vehicles will only stop at the points show on the timetables, which are available online at www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/schooltransport

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Police search home of former Carmarthenshire County Council boss Mark James

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POLICE OFFICERS have executed search warrants at properties in Carmarthenshire, Swansea, and Kent. Their actions are part of an investigation into allegations of corruption involving the
Wellness Village project at Delta Lakes, Llanelli.

On Thursday, Aug 8, The Herald received a tip-off which identified three properties in Carmarthenshire at which officers from Tarian, the Regional Organised Crime Unit, executed those warrants.

The tip-off was anonymous. As is usual with such tip-offs, we sought to verify it by reference to independent and reliable sources.

As a result of our further enquiries, we can confirm that Police executed a search warrant at the home of controversial former Carmarthenshire County Council CEO Mark James.

The use of a search warrant in such circumstances is not unusual. The use of one is not a sign of any criminality or dishonesty on Mr James’ part. It is possible the warrant was procured routinely to preserve material which might assist an ongoing investigation.

Police executed a further warrant at County Hall, Carmarthen.

Again, the use of a warrant is not a sign of any criminality. Police acted to obtain documentary evidence and computer material, including email trails, to help with their investigation.

It is entirely possible that Police learned a lesson from a separate probe of Pembrokeshire County Council. In that case, officers failed to secure evidence which was subsequently either lost or destroyed.

A separate Council press release states the local authority is ready and willing to help the Police in any way they can and is already offering any assistance it can to investigators.

That statement points out that a review by the WAO and an internal probe by a firm of solicitors found no administrative or compliance issues affecting the tender processes for the Wellness Village.

The Herald has been given a further address at which a search warrant was executed. That third address has not been confirmed by all of our sources and, accordingly, we do not report it here.

As we went to press, Carmarthenshire County Council exclusively confirmed to us that a search warrant was executed at County Hall last week.

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Llanelli: Police appeal following incident at Pemberton traffic lights

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POLICE in Llanelli have said that they are looking for witnesses to an incident at the traffic lights, Pemberton, Llanelli at around 8pm on August 11.

The incident is believed to have involved a number of people and caused traffic to come to a standstill.

A 53 year old man is currently in a serious condition at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff having sustained injuries at the scene.

Three men have this morning been arrested on suspicion of Section 18 assault.

It’s thought that there will be a significant number of witnesses to the incident, given the busyness of the road at the crossroads and, due to it still being daylight.

Officers are also asking for drivers in the area at the time to review any dash-cam footage they have and to make it available to the investigation team.

On social media police said: “It’s really important that anyone who saw the incident or has dash-cam available, comes forward and speaks to police either via email us on contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling us on 101, quoting ref. 374 of 10/08/19.”

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